BIG SHOT OF THE WEEK: John Studzinski is the fabulously rich dealmaker of Pimco

Divine: because of his unrelenting charitable work, John Studzinski is a papal knight

Divine: because of his unrelenting charitable work, John Studzinski is a papal knight

Divine: because of his unrelenting charitable work, John Studzinski is a papal knight

He is the fabulously rich dealmaker with the gilded existence that does a lot of God.

He is on good terms with the Prince of Wales, has prime ministers on his WhatsApp and, as far as we know, a direct line to the modest appartamento of Pope Francis.

Because of his unrelenting charitable work, he is a papal knight, owns a CBE and honors more signs than Tom Daley. As a formidable hostess would note at the introduction of her valued guest: "Do you know John Studzinski? & # 39;

& # 39; Studz & # 39; as he is known by his eclectic environment, is the megastar of investment banking. During a 38-year career he had spells at Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Blackstone.

This week, he announced that he would join the US investment giant Pimco, which means that his hectic NY-LON existence will now include Newport Beach, California.

His interests, however, reach far beyond his Bloomberg terminal.

Devout Studz is one of the do-gooders of life. He still finds time to volunteer in shelters for homeless people and dedicates half of his annual income to charities.

His predisposition to social networks is unrivaled. Conversations often start: & # 39; As I said to David Cameron & # 39; or & # 39; when I worked with Mother Theresa & # 39 ;.

Charming and popular – at the last count he had no less than 39 godchildren – he is also something of Gatbsyesque figure.

For all his sympathy, Studz remains intensely private and rarely gives interviews. He has never been married. The parents of Studz, born in the working class district of Peabody, Massachusetts, were Polish immigrants. His old man was financial director at the motor-engine department of General Electric Co. and brought his son a Stakhanovite work ethic. During his spare time it was expected that the young Studz would study or do something constructive. His social conscience was stirred at a young age. At six o'clock he helped in soup kitchens. When he was 14, he set up a telephone helpline for people with venereal diseases.

After obtaining an MBA at Chicago University in 1980, he joined Morgan Stanley in New York. Four years later he was sent to London to develop his mergers and acquisitions division. After he had risen to become the head of the bank's European banker, he was driven around in a limo large enough to house his three dogs.

Studz became an avid anglophile. It is our history and decency, he says. He has donated as much as £ 10 million to the Tate Modern and even greater amounts supporting the development and development of artists through his charity the Genesis Foundation. Over the years, his accent in Boston has gradually made way for cut-glass clinkers. In 2003, Sir John Bond lured him to HSBC to create his investment banking division. This was the intoxicating, flowering age for the crash. At one point he earned no less than £ 13 million a year. He moved to Blackstone three years later and when the credit crunch hit, Studz got the lead over the restructuring staggering to the American insurer AIG.

Home in London is a sumptuous £ 22m mansion in Chelsea with its own chapel. There are some candlesticks in St. Ignatius Loyola's. An extensive art collection includes Man Ray and Picasso. His left pink is decorated with a sixth-century filigree gold ring that was previously worn by two popes.

He developed his religious zeal not long after he came to London. While driving to a diner in Germany, his car was involved in an accumulation where he killed both his driver and six others. Studz has lost a lung. He is not afraid to pamper himself occasionally. When he turned 60, he threw a three-day extravaganza at the Gritti Palace in Venice.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato showed the host with a rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Yes, life has been good for the old Studz, but unlike many of his contemporaries in the banking world, he seems determined to do something back.

"To whom much is given, much is expected," he says. Amen for that.

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